“Every time we ask a question, we’re generating a possible version of a life.” – David Epston Questions in tai chi group practice give me something tangible to relate to. They challenge me to delve into knowledge immersed just below the surface, waiting to emerge and bring light to a topic of interest. They bring… Continue reading I like getting questions in class
"Falling is the primary cause of traumatic death for older adults, and more than 17% of older adults report between one and five falls in the past three months. The problem seems to be getting worse." More research of research on tai chi. There seems to be a steady stream of it for sometime. This… Continue reading Another article on research about research on tai chi
When you practice, you're not just moving the body, you're bringing life into it. By circling the eyes, for example, you're freeing them up from stagnation and decay (atrophy), and allowing them to serve as "gates" (men) through which energy may enter the body. Think of tai chi this way.
When I started tai chi I didn't know what to expect, but I was rather desperate. I had been ill for a long time and I was willing to try anything. It just so happened that a colleague at work invited me to join him in his tai chi class. So I did, and that… Continue reading Starting tai chi with trust
They’ve got theories to explain and practices to prove, but you may never prove anything. However, the effort you make to do so is proof enough that it was important enough to at least try.
We rely on memory to get by, but as we age our memory gets a little slack. This is normal, they say. But the suggestions people make to help you manage forgetfulness as we grow older seem ineffective. My thinking is you have to figure something else out. Luckily, there is something. We can train… Continue reading Memory vs observation and your tai chi practice
This week marks the fifth year of venturing into blogging about taijiquan and its internal mysteries. My first post on December 5, 2011 is entitled "What is Tai Chi?". I'm sure I will be trying to answer that question for the rest of my life. I may have wanted to quit at times, but I… Continue reading Five years of blogging about taijiquan